Product Type: Kenwood ice cream makers
Newest Review: ... winter! I paid £18:95 for it, against a rrp of just under £30 (I think). I used it once straight after buying it, and was pretty impresse... more
Self satisfying icecream
Member Name: RPnecroranger
Date: 08/10/08, updated on 15/10/09 (664 review reads)
Advantages: you know whats going in the icecream/sorbet/frozen dessert
Disadvantages: Making the custard mix, freezing the bowl for 24 hrs
OK so make no bones about it.... being dairy allergic sucks.... big time.
The major things I miss is a nice rich smooth ice-cream, whether it be soft serve Mr whippy style or out of the tub. Soya versions sold in supermarkets (if your lucky) or health-food stores tent to be nice, but watery & expensive to say the least.
Last year I pulled a massive coop! For my birthday my dad bought me a yoghurt maker, and for Christmas the other half (clearly quite fed up of my moaning about the lack of creamy ice-cream I could eat!) bought me this doogie little ice-cream maker.
It comes with all the pieces and instructions, as well as a lovely recipe sheet which I find invaluable.
So far I have made some wonderfully creamy vanilla ice-cream (made from rice milk, soya cream replacement, eggs and vanilla pods and thickened with rice flour) and some wonderful sorbet & frozen smoothy & yoghurt mixes which have been delightful.
The main issues I have are...
> having to freeze the bowl for 24hrs
> having to make the custard/mix
> only having a 1ltr bowl
The biggest bonus I can tell you about is this - a pot of ice-cream suitable for me to eat is about £3 per 500ml - calculating the cost of the freezing, ingredients etc. this little machine will pay for itself (at a running usage of twice per month) easily in 12 - 24 months.
I've also substituted sugars for fructose & honey with equally fantastic results... which is great news for my diabetic step-dad!
The custard mix is a standard traditional custard recipe, which can be found on places like recipe.com. The actual limit of deserts is up to your imagination, I made coconut ice-cream with no custard base!
Cleaning most of it is simple, the outer bowl is wipe-able, the paddle removes and cleans easily under the tap, the sealed motor unit then simply falls out (just turn the unit over) from the clear plastic lid thing and the lid can be rinsed or wiped clean. The inner bowl (the bit that's frozen for 24 hours to start) needs to be left out for about 2 - 3 hours to defrost before cleaning with cold water and a non-scratch sponge or cloth. This means you can only make up to 1 lot of ice-cream a day.... max 2 if your quick and have the mix made up and chilled ready.
Summary: Definately one for thoose who like icecream but need to watch what they eat
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